Roberts takes soccer career to next level

Former DWU soccer player Kasha Roberts will continue her career with the Dayton Dutch Lions this spring in Dayton, Ohio. (Photo by Melissa Wintemute)

Former DWU soccer player Kasha Roberts will continue her career with the Dayton Dutch Lions this spring in Dayton, Ohio. (Photo by Melissa Wintemute)

MITCHELL, S.D. – Former Dakota Wesleyan University women’s soccer player Kasha Roberts got the call every athlete dreams of Tuesday afternoon.

After playing in front of team officials and coaches in Dayton, Ohio, over the weekend, Roberts was officially informed Tuesday that she the newest member of the Dayton Dutch Lions FC – a soccer team in Dayton, Ohio.

The Lions are a part of the United Soccer Leagues’ W-League, and is the highest level of play for female soccer players in the United State. The league gives players college age and old the opportunity to play alongside established international players, and is an opportunity for players to showcase themselves for the professional soccer leagues. The league is governed by USL system, which also oversees the men’s USL Pro and USL Premier Development League. Thirty teams from the U.S. and Canada participated in the USL W-League in 2012.

Roberts joins the Dayton Dutch in their third year of existence. She will complete her degree in sport, exercise and wellness at Dakota Wesleyan this spring and then move to Ohio to begin her playing career. Roberts was a three-time All-Great Plains Athletic Conference athlete during her four-year career with the Tigers. She earned All-GPAC First Team honors as a sophomore and junior in 2009-10 and second team accolades as a senior in 2011.

Roberts, a Rapid City, S.D., native, still holds school records for points (6) and goals (3) in a game and goals in a season (15) and a career (38). She had 19 assists and 95 points to go along with her 38 career goals, including 14 game-winning goals. Roberts was part of the Tigers’ run to the national tournament GPAC regular-season and tournament titles in 2009 when DWU went 17-1-4.

The Dayton Dutch Lions start the 2013 season with a scrimmage on Sunday, May 12. They play in the W-League Cup May 18-19, and start league play Saturday, May 25.